US pianist Michael Brown has been hailed by The New York Times as 'one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer composers'. His artistry is shaped by his creative voice as a pianist and composer, praised for his 'fearless performances' (The New York Times) and 'exceptionally beautiful' compositions (The Washington Post).
Winner of the 2018 Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Brown has recently performed as soloist with the Seattle Symphony, the National Philharmonic, and the Grand Rapids, North Carolina, New Haven, and Albany Symphonies; and recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and Caramoor. Brown is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing frequently at Alice Tully Hall and and on tour. He was selected by Andrs Schiff to perform on an international tour making solo dbuts in Berlin, Milan, Florence, Zurich's Tonhalle and New York's 92nd Street Y. He regularly performs recitals with his longtime duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and has appeared at numerous festivals including Tanglewood, Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Gilmore, Ravinia, Saratoga, Bridgehampton, Music in the Vineyards, Bard, Sedona, Moab, and Tippet Rise.
Brown was First Prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, a winner of the Bowers Residency from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (formerly CMS Two), a recipient of the Juilliard Petschek Award, and is a Steinway Artist. He earned dual bachelor's and master's degrees in piano and composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied with pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald and composers Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. Additional mentors have included Andrs Schiff and Richard Goode as well as his early teachers, Herbert Rothgarber and Adam Kent. Noctuelles features two 20th century gems of the piano literature Ravel's Miroirs and Medtner's Second Improvisation, Op 47. The first movement of Miroirs is inspired by the above line by Ravel's close friend, poet Lon-Paul Fargue. The word 'noctuelles' is an obscure description of moths in French, not widely used, and reflects Ravel's penchant for the mysterious.
Ravel and Medtner composed these works in Paris at the height of their craft. Full of pianistic imagination, Ravel's treatment of night moths, exotic birds, boats in the ocean, jesters and bells complement Medtner's epic work depicting mermaids, elves, gnomes, birds, wood-goblins, and streams. Each work reveals an enigmatic fantasy world."